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"Full Review by the Sasquatch, Rocky Patel Vintage"
Like any other cryptozoological cigar lover, the Cigar Sasquatch loves a pleasant surprise. But when it comes in the form of an incredible cigar, when I expected just an above-average smoke, well, then I get really excited.
We?ve talked about expectations before, and the dangers of having them unmet. But thankfully, sometimes the opposite is true. I once read that one of the greatest joys in life is doing a kindness in secret, and having it discovered by accident. A similar joy is when we experience some wonderful occurrence which was entirely unlooked for.
Now I don?t want to sell this up too much. I?ve smoked a lot of Rocky Patel cigars, and many of them are quite good. In fact, a lot of them are great, but with a product line a broad as that being produced by Rocky Patel, there?s bound to be some dissent among cigar lovers about what the best is.
Allow me to settle the debate.
I parked the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto (5?x50) in the Sasquatch-a-Dor 2 years ago, and figured I?d get around to it at some point when there wasn?t some other Rocky I was drooling over. I figured it would be another Rocky, solid and reliable, but with so many others to try, something that I would ?get to when I got to.? Big mistake.
The blend features a mix of 5-year aged Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. So far, so good. But then it?s wrapped in an incredible 15-year aged Honduran broadleaf wrapper. You read that right, 15-year aged.
And let?s talk about that wrapper. At first glance you?d think it was a Colorado. It?s got a handsome reddish hue, and meaty look. But it?s technically a maduro, in fact a broadleaf varietal, which should mean a rich, round, subtly sweet but altogether smooth character. Which it has. But it?s also a Honduran-grown leaf, meaning it should show a roasted, oaky, robust depth. Which it does. Now age it from the time of the Clinton administration, and you know you?re in for a rare treat.
But the flavor and body of a cigar doesn?t just come from the wrapper. In this case, the Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers add a toasty, nutty almond flavor that balances the roundness of the broadleaf, and what you?re left with is a remarkably complex, smooth smoking, rich tasting, delightfully mellow cigar that begs to be smoked again and again and again.
The roll is firm and smooth, box-pressed, with light veining. The draw from a cap cut is lightly open, and produces a large volume of smoke with moderate strength. The burn wandered slightly, but self-corrected, producing a flaky white ash, and smoking to a cool 2-inch nub in just over an hour. I easily rate this cigar 9.4. I can?t wait to smoke the 6?60 in this blend, currently mellowing in the depths of the Sasquatch-a-Dor.
We all love a good surprise, and even more, we love when something we hope to be good turns out instead to be great. But if I had really done my homework, the greatness of this cigar shouldn?t have been a surprise at all. It?s right there in the blend.
Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, ?Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.?
Full review available at the CigarSasquatch.com: http://www.cigarsasquatch.com/robustos/cigar-sasquatch-rocky-patel-vintage-1990-robusto/
Nearly ALL cigars reviewed by the Squatch have been purchased through Famous. (Cigars that were not purchased through Famous were not available from Famous at that time.)
Tyson in Aliso Viejo, CA August 9, 2010
...and I don't know jack about cigars, but I know I like these!
Ken F. in Azusa, CA April 20, 2010
this is by far my favorite from rocky patel...
gustavo in texas by the border March 23, 2010
"Stronger smoke than advertised"
I tried one of these Rocky Patel 1990 Robusto cigars recently. The cigar was well made and had a great appearance. The cigar burned consistently and had a decent draw. The cigar was a decent smoke but it was IMHO stronger than a medium rating. The taste was a little heavy and it had a strong after taste that I did not completely enjoy.
Ken in Howard Beach, NY October 27, 2009
Very surprised by this cigar. I mostly smoke Havanas and my past experience of cigars in the US has been ropey, to say the least. I was recommended this cigar by a friend and can honestly say that this Robusto can easily compete with the best Havanas.
M. MacKinnon in Scotland July 27, 2009
"...a reference smoke..."
A beautiful box pressed shape, nice lightly oiled appearance, wonderful pre-light aroma and welcome feel. On light up, great plumes of smoke rise and the fragrance is inviting. The flavour is complex - sort of sweet and nutty - mellow to within an inch of stub. I explore other brands but this is my reference point.
Joe in Ottawa Canada July 8, 2009
"one of my new favorites"
I sampled these in a sampler and was amazed.
Joe in Streamwood Ill March 1, 2009
Went to the swatt meet one weekend. Never notice this guy had a truck converted in to a giant! humidor on wheels. Pretty cool, even carried Padron cigars. I thought I would try this one cause he said it was a nice smoke but will kick you in the ass. not to sure about this one yet have to try it again. Don't really care too much for a boxed pressed cigar, feels like I'm smoking a snickers. I think he did a nice job blending the different flavors together but need to work on the construction a bit more cause mine was loose and it burned too fast to even taste it.
Ron in Cali February 9, 2009
"These 1990 Vintages Rock! Atta boy Rocky!"
1990 Vintage Robusto - Oh so sweet. Just delicious, good draw and burn, multi flavors. Don't need liquor or coffee to make this a good smoke, it is by itself. The smoke is very aromatic and will turn heads, well mine at least. A Buddy lit one up on the bow of my sailboat, the wind drifted the smoke down to me, and hoo-boy, made me reach quickly into my jacket for mine. You know how your mouth starts to water when you smell a good cigar. That's what the 1990 Rocky did to me.
SFBay in San Francisco January 14, 2009
"Hard to Beat"
I've read some neg reviews about bad burn. Personally I haven't had that experience with these cigars, but I have run into others that require 3-6 months of humi time to straighten out.
Not good if you're wanting to enjoy one the day it arrives.
But, if I had to choose one Rocky cigar, it would be this one. Based on all the factors, appearance, burn, draw, taste, construction, wrapper, price........I haven't seen a cigar yet that beats it.
Cliff in Oklahoma January 7, 2009